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HISTORY   AND    HUMAN    RELATIONS

with the feeling that here is something which at any ,
rate you cannot cheat God about. One is tempted to
suggest that there has been perceptible in Marxist
propaganda a view of historical (and even scientific)
truth which, if it were developed over a long period,
would have an unfortunate effect upon the pursuit of
knowledge and the very conception of scholarship. It
is difficult to be sure what safeguard there would be
against such a " utilitarian" handling of truth if the
world were to go on becoming increasingly pagan or
at any rate increasingly materialistic in its preoccupations
and ends. The ideals of " academic" history may
transpire to have been the legacy of a Christian civilisation
after all. If Christians themselves when writing history
have sometimes been too intent on a kind of " truth "
which attracted them merely because it seemed to
serve  good purpose, they have operated, as Christians
no doubt often do, against the tendency and the ideals
of Christianity itself.

On the whole issue of the scientific method we may
say, then, that if it is not a specifically Christian thing,
it did at any rate develop in the heart of a Christian
civilisation. Many of the people who actually developed
it maintained that they were glorifying God in the very
pursuit of their researches. The case was different
from that of Aristotle and the ancient Greeks precisely
because the science had specialised itself out, and was
no longer rolled up with natural philosophy. It is not
dear why there should be any conflict between religion
and the scientific method, unless the religious man is'
too materialistic ot the scientist becomes -arrogant;

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